July 2012 Archive

Abandon all hope (of an interest in your old home): Absentee bankrupts

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The recent case of Quaintance v Tandan (24 July 2012) will be of interest to insolvency practitioners who are trustees in bankruptcy of individuals who have abandoned a property, normally leaving it in the possession of an ex-partner. More …

When Sharia law meets the law of the land

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Dr Zaid Al-Saffar, a hospital consultant in the Midlands, yesterday had his appeal to overturn a Judgment made in his divorce proceedings dismissed by the Appeal Court. More …

Loss of defendant cost orders for regulatory crime

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Companies will no longer be able to recover their legal costs if acquitted in the criminal courts. More …

Christopher Waite v Paccar Financial Plc [2012] EWCA Civ 901

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The Court of Appeal has recently confirmed, in a dispute over a hirer's liability following sale of an asset after expiration of a period of hire, just how important it is to stick to the terms of your own agreement. More …

Warning for schools as large fine handed out due to asbestos exposure

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Schools were reminded again of the need to have adequate management plans for the control of asbestos and for the need to carry out appropriate asbestos surveys when undertaking maintenance work as a school found itself receiving a large fine in Dorchester Crown Court recently. More …

Foreign and Commonwealth Office releases findings of British Behaviour Abroad Report 2012

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The FCO has released findings of its British Behaviour Abroad Report which shows a notable increase of 3% in the number of British people requiring consular assistance while travelling abroad. More …

Removal of caps on fines in the Magistrates' Court

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The Government has been given the power under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offences Act 2012 to remove or amend the caps on fines that Magistrates’ Court can impose criminal offences. More …

Franchise business model may constitute ETO reason for dismissal of employees

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In the recent joined cases of Meter U Limited v Ackroyd and Meter U Limited v Hardy, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) considered whether changing the method of providing services from an employed workforce to a franchise model could amount to a legitimate reason for dismissing individuals following a TUPE transfer. More …

Late Night Levy and Early Morning Restriction Orders - Home Office consultation response

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The Home Office have now issued their response to the consultation on secondary legislation for the implementation of the Late Night Levy scheme ("Levy") and Early Morning Restriction Orders (EMRO's) which form part of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. More …